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Getting It Right With Dr Boles

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The term "entitlement" refers to a notion or belief that one is deserving of some particular reward or benefit. Narcissistic personality is where an individual is excessively preoccupied with issues of personal power, prestige and vanity.

Narcissism was named after a mythological Greek youth named Narcissus who became infatuated with his own reflection in a lake and died there because he couldn't tear himself away from the admiration of his own image. Signs of “entitlement”: are easily recognized: reacting to criticism with anger; taking advantage of others to reach own goals; exaggerating own importance, achievements, and talents; requiring constant attention; becoming jealous easily; lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others; becoming easily hurt and rejected. The narcissist often displays dominance, arrogance, superiority, and power seeking behavior

The cause of narcissism is unknown, but  various researchers identify these  possibilities: an oversensitive temperament at birth; excessive admiration that is never balanced with realistic feedback; excessive praise for good behaviors and overindulgence by parents.

Narcissistic individuals use various strategies to protect the self at the expense of others. They tend to devalue, derogate and blame others, and they respond to threatening feedback with anger and hostility.